Fifth round, 148th overall: Jonny Brodzinski
Birthplace: Coon Rapids, MN, USA
NHL Central Scouting final ranking: 132 (North American skaters)
NHL Central Scouting midterm ranking: NR
Stats (WCHA-St. Cloud State): 42 GP, 22-11=33; 10 PIM
This is Brodzinski’s third year of being draft eligible. He is the third active player on St. Cloud to be drafted by the Kings, joining Nic Dowd (7th round / 2009) and Kevin Gravel (5th round / 2010).
Brodzinski has the talent and ability to someday be an NHL player. His skating is average at best, but he has improved it to the point that it wouldn’t be a major liability, and he has an ability to shoot the puck and score goals that few players have. A 20+ goal season at the NCAA level is no joke, and a number that many future NHLers don’t even reach. But the inconsistent performance may be a red flag for some teams. Motivation seems to be the big X factor for him. When he finds a way to have a fire lit under him, he’s definitely a next-level type of player. When he’s just playing for the sake of playing, he’s not. I suspect some teams feel they’ll be able to light that fire under him and be interested, while others won’t be interested in taking on that challenge.
-Brodzinski segment begins at 1:28